Jail Administrator Sentenced to Prison
A former Clay County jail administrator is found guilty of using his authority to sexually abuse inmates and is sentenced to four years in prison. According to U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance, Jeffrey Cotney’s sentencing comes after he pleaded guilty in February to four counts of deprivation of rights under color of law between May 2009 and spring 2010. Cotney was ordered to register as a sex offender and sentenced for the civil rights violations. He was also prohibited from seeking or holding a law enforcement job or any position granting him custodial authority over others. Cotney agreed to the conditions and was granted a plea agreement with the government. Cotney pleaded guilty to four counts of depriving three different inmates of their civil rights, but the conduct he admitted in his plea agreement also included a fourth inmate.